Amid LA County’s deepening need, groups rally to help region’s struggling people on Thanksgiving

Unhoused people enjoy a pre-Thanksgiving dinner at the LA Mission...

Los Angeles Mayor-elect Karen Bass set the tone for Thanksgiving around Southern California, offering a Thanksgiving message that “is one of hope, it’s one of determination and it’s one of inspiration.”

“Two weeks ago, the people of this city sent a resounding message that we must come together to face the top crises Los Angeles is facing —homelessness, public safety and the affordability of this city,” Bass said. “Though these challenges are great, I know that we will be able to accomplish big things together.”

Bass was among myriad volunteers — some high-profile but many others working in anonymity — who rolled out on to distribute groceries, hot meals and other necessities to people in need around Los Angeles County.

The need seemed particularly deep this year, with the region gripped by increasing waves of people experiencing homelessness, alarming inflation and rising prices amid a sluggish economy and California’s enduring affordable-housing crisis.

On Thanksgiving Eve, Bass joined elected officials, entertainers and social media, business and reality TV figures to help Skid Row’s Los Angeles Mission serve 3,000 pounds of turkey, 800 pounds of green beans, 700 pounds of potatoes and 600 pies. L.A. County Sheriff-elect Robert Luna, former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Miss California USA Kelley Johnson donned red L.A. Mission aprons and served up hot food to a long line of grateful people.

On Thanksgiving Day, the nearby Midnight Mission served brunch to nearly 2,500 homeless and near-homeless individuals and families, according to Georgia Berkovich, its director of public affairs.

“There are people in our community who have a place to live, work, pay their bills, but don’t have enough money for food or special holiday meals,” Berkovich said.

More than 3,500 pounds of turkey and 500 pounds of stuffing were served, topped with 50 gallons of gravy, along with 3,500 pounds of ham with …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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